Book review: Funtastic Festivities, by Kit Lau

Book review: Funtastic Festivities, by Kit Lau

Thick though it may be, this book is certainly no door stop. Funtastic Festivities by Kit Lau is light, engaging, and full of wonderfully charming illustrations to support its messages.

Sunday, 5 May, 2013, 4:29pm

Keeping Lunar New Year traditions alive

Lam Yue-ling wants her children to appreciate the values that Lunar New Year represents. Photo: May Tse

Photographer Simon Go Man-ching has an annual ritual: when Lunar New Year looms, he takes his young daughter Queenie to Yau Ma Tei for a trawl through the confectionary and dried seafood shops.

3 Feb 2013 - 4:04pm

Fujian billionaire marries off daughter with gold-laden dowry

Picture showing the list of dowry items. Picture: SCMP Photos

Wu Duanbiao, chairman of ceramics firm Fujian Wanli Group, bestowed more than a billion yuan (HK$1.2 billion) as dowry for his daughter’s marriage on Sunday, according to media reports.

The wedding took place in Cizao town, Jinjiang county, in eastern China's Fujian province.

10 Jan 2013 - 8:12am 3 comments

Up Close and Personal: Birthday parties

Illustration: Pearl Law

Since our first child was born 51/2 years ago, my husband and I have been to roughly 3,450 birthday parties. Or at least that is what it feels like. Not that we have anything against birthday parties. In theory, what's not to love? Fun games, yummy cake. Most are lots of fun for the children and an opportunity for parents to socialise, too.

30 Sep 2012 - 2:32pm

Are New Year's resolutions a waste of time?

Benjamin Siu, 16 St Joseph's College

Have you ever made promises at the beginning of the year, vowing to make good use of time, to be attentive in class, to save the world etc? Well, most people have, since it is an annual ritual after Christmas. Making resolutions is a long-running tradition, but that doesn't make it effective.

10 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Statements of intent

The tradition of New Year resolutions is believed to date back 4,000 years to the ancient Babylonians, who are also credited with being the first to celebrate the New Year.

However, in those days the celebrations took place on the first new moon after the spring equinox and the most popular resolution was to return the piece of farm equipment borrowed from your neighbour.

30 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Is making New Year's resolutions a waste of time?

Benjamin Siu, 15 St Joseph's College

Have you ever made promises at the beginning of the year, such as vowing to make good use of your time, to be attentive in class, to save the world, and so on?

Most people take part in this ritual during Christmas and New Year. Making resolutions is an old tradition, but that does not mean it is effective.

27 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Opera beats kung fu for Unesco listing bid

A form of opera originating in Xinjiang has defeated Shaolin kung fu in the battle to become China's sole nomination for Unesco's intangible heritage list, the Ministry of Culture announced yesterday.

27 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

What was the highlight of your summer?

Falling in love with a man 19 years older than me, then eventually denying it to protect myself from possible disappointment. It takes much perseverance and loyalty on both sides to make it last. Unfortunately his heart's not here - at least I don't feel it is - and I'm not prepared to sacrifice myself for a lost cause.


17 Aug 2003 - 12:00am

Resolutions up in smoke

The most popular New Year's resolution among the British is to give up smoking.

A close second is the pledge to lose weight. About two million people resolve to shed some excess baggage after the Christmas binge.

And about 600,000 adults decide to end their days as a couch potato and start a fitness programme.

31 Dec 1997 - 12:00am

Hordes agog for San San's homecoming

Olympic heroine Lee Lai-shan is to parade her gold medal before hordes of adoring fans in a euphoric homecoming on Wednesday.

Government officials are meeting today to decide the form the hero's welcome will take. At the top of the list is a motorcade down Tsim Sha Tsui East followed by a champagne reception for all the athletes.

2 Aug 1996 - 12:00am